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Don’t Miss “The Phantom of the Opera” at The Fox in Atlanta – Through Mar. 5

Image credit: Matthew Murphy
Image credit: Matthew Murphy

It is both iconic and amazing, weighing as much or more than a water buffalo and having a drop speed of 10 feet per second, but the chandelier from PHANTOM is just one of many meticulously constructed set  pieces which make Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA so mesmerizing. The music, of course, is also legendary, and listening to the live orchestra is a treat which far surpasses any recorded offering. It staggers the imagination to consider the time and effort that went into this production which boasts a cast and orchestra of 52, making this one of the largest productions on tour in North America.​

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The many moving lights, haze, and smoke effects are amazing and might make members of the fire department the rare few who are unable to appreciate this unique production. Even if there were no pyrotechnics (and there are 50 elements in the chandelier alone), these guys would still have to be on hand, because Katie Travis as Christine is simply electric, setting off sparks with every aria.

The love story of the music of the night, replete with angst, yearning, rejection and redemption is an emotionally gripping tale complemented with choreography and singing so superb that we were eager for intermission to finish and the production to resume. The poignant portrayal of the man behind the mask, brought to life by Derrick Davis, would be a winner for any date night.

See The Phantom of The Opera and enjoy “The Music of The Night” at The Fox Theatre here in Atlanta – playing through March 5, 2017.

PERFORMANCES
The performance schedule is as follows:

Tuesday-Thursday 7:30 p.m.
Thursday 1 p.m.
Friday 8 p.m.
Saturday 2 p.m., 8 p.m.
Sunday 1 p.m., 6:30 p.m.

TICKETS
Tickets start at $33.50 and are available by visiting www.FoxTheatre.org/phantom, calling 1-855-285-8499 or visiting the Fox Theatre Box Office (660 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308). Performance schedule, prices and cast are subject to change without notice. For more information, please visit  www.ThePhantomOfTheOpera.com/ustour or www.BroadwayInAtlanta.com

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MORE INFO
For more information on the production and a video sneak peek, please visit www.ThePhantomOfTheOpera.com/ustour/

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Disclaimer: I received complimentary tickets to this performance in exchange for this review. Opinions, however, are entirely my own. Go see it. Really.

Now at Fernbank: Wild Weather Exhibit and Extreme Weather 3D

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My 10-year old daughter and I recently had the opportunity to visit Fernbank Museum of Natural History to tour their new exhibit Wild Weather and view Fernbank’s first-ever 3D film Extreme Weather 3D.

From hurricanes to snowstorms, and tornadoes to droughts, there’s so much to see in this exhibit, and the many hands-on learning opportunities for kids keep them actively involved. The snow section offers an igloo to climb through (not made of ice), as well as a kitchen area where we learned how to be prepared in case of emergencies. My daughter’s favorite part in this section was the virtual window, where she could control the snowfall intensity, size of snowflakes, and the wind speed. It was a blizzard outside by the time she was done!

There was a display of actual photos from natural disasters here in the U.S., such as Hurricanes Ike and Katrina. My daughter was able to see just how much destruction weather phenomena can cause. From there, we moved on to the cockpit of an airplane where we could see the view from a Hurricane Hunter plane as it flies through a hurricane, or view what it’s like from the ground. In this sections there’s also a great spot for a photo op; we were totally blown away!

When we were finished in the exhibit, we headed to the new Giant Screen Theater to view Extreme Weather 3D. The theater re-launch kicks off the Museum’s 24th year in Atlanta, replacing the previous projection system with state-of-the-art digital laser projection with 3D capabilities – this theater is simply amazing! The ground-breaking laser-illuminated projection system was designed and installed by giant-screen industry leaders D3D Cinema, and engages moviegoers in the sights and sounds of science-based films unlike ever before. We donned our 3D glasses, sat in our comfy seats, and stared in awe at the truly giant screen. I felt like we were in the boat right next to an Alaskan glacier with the researchers. Ashes and embers from wildfires seemed close enough to reach out and grab. The movie itself was fascinating, covering tornadoes, Alaskan glaciers, and wildfires. When it was over, I asked my daughter to describe the movie in one word. Her response: “Awesome!” The exhibit and movie are a definite must see.

Want to go?

See the Wild Weather exhibit at Fernbank Museum of Natural History, through May, 7, 2017. Extreme Weather 3D is playing through May 19 in the newly updated Giant Screen Theater.

Hours: 10am to 5pm daily
Location: 767 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
Phone: 404.929.6300
Website & Tickets: http://www.fernbankmuseum.org/

Looking for more fun things to do around Atlanta? Check out Macaroni Kid Smyrna Vinings Marietta and Macaroni Kid Buckhead Midtown Brookhaven!

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*The author received complimentary tickets to this exhibit in return for this write-up. All opinions, however, are entirely her own.

The Day the South Stood Still

I get it. Southerners are generally the laughing-stock of the nation, for more than a few reasons. Every winter we go through the same thing anytime there’s even a hint of snow in the forecast. Most of the time those forecasts never come to fruition, but it seems like every 3 or 4 years, we get slammed. And when we get slammed, boy do we get slammed. Snow Jam 2014 is no exception.

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I’m not going to go into the politics of this mess, or who may or may not be to blame, but I will say this: We all knew it was coming. We all saw the weather reports. I have to admit, I never expected to see it get as bad as it did, and I’m very thankful that my family and friends were all safe, even if they didn’t make it home. I’m so glad I was able to get my children and get home before things got really bad. It took my husband almost 4 hours to drive what would normally be a 20-minute commute. A neighbor abandoned his car and walked 11 miles because it was quicker than driving. Another neighbor ended up spending the night in a hotel lobby because she couldn’t get home, and there were no more rooms. There was even a baby born on the interstate because they couldn’t get to the hospital. A BABY. On a gridlocked interstate. You know it’s a crisis when there’s a baby born in the middle of the chaos.

...the moose out front should have told you.
…the moose out front should have told you.

If you’re from any part of the country other than the South, you don’t understand, plain and simple. Two inches of snow is nothing to those areas that have snow every year, and have the equipment to deal with it. I’m from Pennsylvania, where I remember going to school in 3 feet of snow. No, I didn’t have to walk very far, but those school buses had chains on the tires and drivers who knew how to deal with that weather. Now living in the Atlanta suburbs, I get tired of seeing and hearing people saying “I’m from the North, I know how to drive in this *insert expletive*”. You don’t. You don’t know how to drive in this mess, unless you learned to drive on frozen Lake Michigan or some other sheet of ice. The problem with snow here is that it turns into ice. Fast. So shut your pieholes. And we don’t like your haughty attitude, either, thankyouverymuch. Southerners are polite and all, but there is a breaking point.

This is what we needed on Wednesday.
This is what we needed on Wednesday.

I will say, that in the aftermath of people being stranded on roads for 12+ hours and children being stuck at school overnight, I’m proud to be an Atlantan. There were so many Good Samaritans who out of the kindness of their hearts went out in freezing weather to try and help those in need. They passed out blankets, food, hot chocolate, water, coffee, diapers, and many opened their homes to complete strangers for the night.

These guys rule.
These guys rule.

Two days after the storm, things are still a mess. People are still rounding up their abandoned cars, while the people in charge are pointing fingers everywhere else. Roads are still icy, people are still recovering from various ordeals resulting from the storms, schools were cancelled for another day. Let’s hope we all learned something from this fiasco, and if, God forbid, the zombie apocalypse really does come to Atlanta, we’ll be better prepared.

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